Pimentón-Grilled Venison with Oyster Mushrooms
- SERVINGS: 4
This recipe originated in Moorish southern Spain. It calls for venison because of Muslim proscriptions against pork. But lamb or pork tenderloin works well too.
- 1 pound venison tenderloin, cut into 1-inch cubes
- 1/4 cup pure olive oil
- 1/4 cup finely chopped flat-leaf parsley
- 1 tablespoon plus 1/2 teaspoon smoked pimentón (see Note)
- 1 tablespoon minced garlic
- 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
- 3/4 cup finely chopped onion
- 3/4 pound oyster mushrooms, thickly sliced
- 1/2 cup dry white wine
- Put the venison in a large resealable plastic bag. Add the pure olive oil, 2 tablespoons of the parsley, 1 tablespoon of the pimentón, the garlic and 1/2 teaspoon of salt. Seal the bag and turn to evenly coat the meat. Let marinate for 20 minutes.
- Heat the extra-virgin olive oil in a large skillet. Add the onion, cover and cook over moderate heat until translucent, 2 minutes. Add the mushrooms, cover and cook, stirring often, until tender, about 5 minutes. Stir in the remaining 1/2 teaspoon of pimentón. Season with salt. Add the wine; bring to a simmer. Cover partially and cook over low heat until the mushrooms are tender and almost dry, about 6 minutes. Stir in the remaining 2 tablespoons of parsley and keep warm.
- Preheat the broiler or heat a grill pan. Thread the venison onto 4 skewers and broil or grill the meat, turning to brown all sides, 3 to 4 minutes for medium rare. Serve with the mushrooms.
Notes Spanish paprika, or pimentón, is available in many styles, sweet being the most common. The smoky pimentón from La Vera, in the Cáceres region, is ground from dried red peppers smoked over oak.
The hearty venison and smoky pimentón call for a bold red Rioja.